Pokemon National Championships Rolling Into Indianapolis This Weekend

Topic started by Boddington on June 24, 2010. Last post by Daniel_Newton 4 years ago.
Post by Boddington (169 posts) See mini bio Level 9

 Like it or lump it, this event will be wall-to-wall Pokemon.
 Like it or lump it, this event will be wall-to-wall Pokemon.
If Pokemon is "Pocket Monsters" shortened in that quirky way the Japanese love, then could I shorten "Pokemon National Championships" to Ponachanpi, or some such concoction that jibes with the Japanese phonetic syllabary? I'll hold off on that for now, but it doesn't dismiss the fact that that very event is rolling into Indianapolis starting tomorrow and by Sunday we should have some new stars of the Pokemon TCG and hand-held dueling world. 

The massive event is actually comprised of two sub-events: the Pokemon National Video Game and National Trading Card Game Championships. On the video game side, with the regional trials finished in New York, Seattle, Atlanta and other cities, over six thousand players were pared down to just 192 finalists. Serious contenders who feel they were robbed of a place amongst those elite, or just some wild card maverick looking to make a name for themselves, can still have a chance at admission into the Championship's last chance qualifier matches that will be held Friday. From these players sixteen winners will earn spots in the Sunday tournament that will determine who will proceed to the World Championship being held in Kona, Hawaii on August 14 and 15. 
 
On the TCG front, over a thousand competitors are expected to descend on the Indiana Convention Center to compete for scholarships, cash prizes and, of course, a place in Kona at the World Championships. Attendees to the Championships should expect a fair amount of kids and teens bawling over bitter defeat and sore losers flipping tables at the first sign of an inevitable loss. And victory dances, can't forget those. 
 
Hey, it's an emotional age.
Post by Kelleth (7,777 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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I miss the old days, i miss the 90's, and i miss my badges :(
Post by Daniel_Newton (3,183 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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I love how ridiculously big that stuff is. I wonder how many of the video game contenders have hacked Pokémon, dirty cheaters!
Post by Kelleth (7,777 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@Newten:  Hey i'm still one of them!! though i only use one rom and only for shiny's and legendary's, whilst having the actual game for training the pokemon >_>
Post by Daniel_Newton (3,183 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@Kelleth: DIRTY CHEATER!!! :P
 
I can't say anything I used to be a massive cheater on Pokémon games haha. Only to battle against a friend of mine, I didn't cheat my way through the games, that would ruin it.
Post by Kelleth (7,777 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@Newten:  i do the same, i played Heart Gold & Soul Silver several times before i started cheating lol
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
MY TEAM OF 6 SNORLAXS ARE GOING TO WIN!
Post by Boddington (169 posts) See mini bio Level 9
As a non-initiate into the International Fraternity of Pokemon and Illuminati you'll have to fill me in on the cheating thing. How were you all cheating, exactly? 
 
@JJOR64: Not if my Jigglypuffs flay them first!
Post by Kelleth (7,777 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@Boddington: @Kelleth said:
" @Newten:  Hey i'm still one of them!! though i only use one rom and only for shiny's and legendary's, whilst having the actual game for training the pokemon >_> "
Well aside from that, i use my flash card which has a cheat program build into it. the codes are mostly from here and here, but that's about it i love training pokemon lol
Post by Daniel_Newton (3,183 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@Boddington: There are even save editing programs out there for the Pokémon games so you can completely change all the values assigned to your monsters, making them as powerful as possible, and since you can literally change every little detail, you can make the hacked Pokémon undetectable, fooling any kind of legitimacy-check, if you know what you're doing. At least I'm pretty sure you can anyway. That's why I mentioned it, just wondering how many of the contestants have actually put blood sweat and tears into training their Pokémon, and how many just totally cheated, does make you wonder.
 
I don't even know if they check to see if you have hacked Pokémon at all, it would probably be more fuss than it's worth.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20

They still play this stuff? Pokemon seems forever and a day ago. Why don't they play the card game instead? That would be harder. I never cheated when I played but back then I had no idea I could cheat on anything. 
 
P.S. It's only a game kids so it's no use crying as there is no Sorest Loser trophy.

Post by neoepoch (3 posts) See mini bio Level 7
@Newten said:
" I love how ridiculously big that stuff is. I wonder how many of the video game contenders have hacked Pokémon, dirty cheaters! "
There are actually a lot of people there that can check for hacks in Pokemon, although if they are cloned it isn't as big of a deal.
Post by Amperture (1 posts) See mini bio Level 3
@Newten: Is it really such a problem if, for instance, I actually enjoy the competitive aspect of Pokemon (The battling, thinking, and the meta-game) while entirely despising the grind (Levelling, breeding for IV's, EV training) that does nothing more than hinder the competitive aspect proper of the game? 
 
Of course I hack my monsters, of course no more than what is possible in the game under normal conditions, but I do.
Post by Daniel_Newton (3,183 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@Amperture: It's not problem if that's against friends or whatever, but I don't think it's right to do that at world championship tournaments and other official events of that nature, especially when many other players have put in the effort to grind and train, whether they despise it or not.
 
Plus, there's not much of a limit to what you can get in the game under "normal conditions" anyway. For instance, it's perfectly possible, though HIGHLY unlikely, that you could catch a Pokémon with the exact IVs and Nature that you want, or even a Pokémon with MAX IVs, which players actually playing the game without hacks would take forever to find or just never even come across.
 
I have no problem with it against friends, in fact, I think that's kind of cool. I do have a problem with it in official tournaments, that's completely unfair, it's just no cool.
Post by Fervour (2 posts) See mini bio Level 5
@Newten:  However, It infuriates me that all my brothers never bother to train their pokemon and simply use cheats and rare candies mindlessly. It's all sorts of irritating when I tell them that my Garchomp would eat their pokemon. but simply shrug and add more rare candies.
 
I'm a pokemon breeder, and a pretty good one at that. Barely anybody appreciates a good Pokemon breeder... My Garchomp has 31 Attack and Defense IVs, but only 2 Speed IVs, but I don't mind because it was my first pokemon I bred to near-perfection. And again everybody shrugs and uses cheats to catch a 31 IV pokemon easily.
 
Sometimes I just really wanna scold these people.
Post by Daniel_Newton (3,183 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@Fervour: Yeah I understand your frustration, that's why for me it's all about context. If it's me and a friend who agree to use cheats to instantly get powerful Pokémon (and then have to come up with the right movesets and strategies to win) then it's fine, because it's agreed. But as I said before, I wouldn't then take those Pokémon to some sort of official tournament or whatever. It's unfair to those who worked for hours.
 
Though do remember, if your brothers are using rare candies, their Pokémon shouldn't really come close to your properly bred and trained ones. Using rare candies is pretty much the least effective way of levelling up ;)
Be proud of what you've achieved without cheating!
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